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Jan van Es Institute: Netherlands Expert Centre for Integrated Primary Care


The Jan van Es Institute is the independent centre of expertise of integrated primary care that bridges the gap between science and practice. It focuses on continuously improving, translating and disseminating knowledge, about the organisation of integrated primary and community-oriented health care. The goal is to achieve better coherence in care, in order to obtain better outcomes for patients, professionals and society.


The Jan van Es Institute contributes to expand and disseminate existing and new knowledge based on scientific and practical research. Lessons learnt based on practical experience are translated into new research questions and knowledge. The generated knowledge is transformed into practical tools for care providers, purchasers of care, policy makers and patients / consumers.


The Jan van Es Institute works on a national, regional and local level in cooperation with:
• Healthcare providers
• Support organisations
• Care Insurances
• Policymakers
• Management
• Science
• Training
• Patients / consumers

For the international embedding there is a cooperation with the European Forum for Primary Care.

Products and services

Collecting knowledge
• Making reviews based on scientific literature
• Discussion / meetings with the experts to get knowledge from the field
• Bringing together fragmented knowledge from science and as well as practice

Generating knowledge
• Encouraging, initiating and guiding research for primary care
• Development of evidence-based implementation strategies
• Development of theoretical models about the organisation of Primary Care

Disseminating knowledge
• Organising and contributing to conferences and seminars
• Education and training
• Publishing results
• Providing the appropriate implementation strategy considering the circumstances
• Vivid Internet applications


Organization and management of the care process

Questions to be discussed are:
• How can the (multidisciplinary) cooperation and coordination in primary care best be arranged?
• What organisational structures and processes lead to better and more efficient care for patients?
• Do differences in management, leadership and cooperation lead to other outcomes?
• What are the effects of task delegation and function differentiation?

In other words, the relationship between the organisation and the outcomes of care for patients, professionals and society is the focus.

Consistency and structure on a local level

Questions to be discussed are:
• What is the most effective way of cooperation between Primary Care and welfare, care for the elderly, youth care, informal caregiving and housing associations?
• How can best be responded to population-based problems?
• How can the different management systems at the local level best be arranged?
• What are the best strategies for municipalities and health care insurance companies?

In other words, the relationship between organisation and population (district, village, city) is the focus.

Conditions and instruments

Questions to be discussed are:
• What are optimal conditions and mechanisms to help support implementation for cooperating care providers and organisations? Consider: funding, information, support, leadership, models for collaboration, organisation and management.
• What are the effects of financial incentives on the outcomes of cooperation and community-oriented care?
• How can quality and information systems contribute to achieving (more) integrated care?

In other words, instruments for integrated primary care are the focus.

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Het Jan van Es Instituut wordt financieel ondersteund door het Investeringsprogramma Flevoland Almere